Cell by Stephen King
A first-rate thriller told in close third-person by Clay, a comic book illustrator in his thirties who is in Boston, closing a deal to get published. He’s on the street when suddenly everyone starts going nuts and killing each other.
He and other unaffected “normals” figure out that a pulse sent through cell phones across the world turned all the cell phone users into violent zombies.
As civilization quickly crumbles, Clay hikes through Massachusetts and New Hampshire, trying to reach his hometown in Maine to see if he can save his young son. Among the many vivid characters he meets are Tom, a gay man with a keen sense of irony; Alice, a brave high school girl; Jordan, a computer whiz; and Jordan’s crusty old headmaster. Chillingly realistic in this modern age of terrorism and anarchy. Unputdownable.